Database updates

Over the summer the State of Maine changed database providers.  For us this switch has meant the replacement of some databases with new ones.  We still have databases from outside the statewide suite as well.  If you wonder about a specific database, please check our Databases A-Z list.  If you see a favorite database missing, Read More…

Welcome Back Fall 2018

Welcome back! We hope the summer has treated you well.  Here are some reminders for the new semester: We librarians can visit your classes.  The visit need not be lengthy or during the first weeks of classes.  Together we can plan something that meets your needs. If a visit does not meet your needs, we Read More…

Creativity, info lit, and a summer read

The Searching as Strategic Exploration frame includes creativity and the willingness to go beyond a first try as dispositions (Association of College & research Libraries, 2016).  Similarly Amabile mentions perseverance as a creativity trait (as cited in Conti & Amabile, 2011, p. 148). The book Get it Done also connects perseverance to creativity (Bennett, 2014).  Read More…

Informed video creation

Since instructional videos are a mainstay of online courses, I’m working on one.  The process has raised some important questions: What are my desired outcomes? Is video the best way to address them? Are there already videos addressing them? Does my particular concept suit the subject matter? Can I meet accessibility standards? The accessibility question Read More…

More on slow media and info lit

After last month’s NELIG conference I wanted to learn more about slow media.  The Slow Media Manifesto (Köhler, David, & Blumtritt, 2010 ) lists many aspects of slow media.   Three items speak especially well to information literacy: Köhler et al (2010, Item 5) note how slow media encourage people to be “prosumers,” thoughtful and active media Read More…

Fandom and Info lit

Alexandra Samuel (2018) poses three questions about online fandom.  While the questions defy simple answers, some fan practices model information literacy. For example fans can often expound on a question of interest with evidence from the book, movie, or show.  In research don’t we identify a problem of interest to our communities (Association of College Read More…

Diverse Voices in the Scholarly Conversation

July 4 honors our right to participate in civic conversations.  Let’s celebrate our right to take part in scholarly conversations (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016). Women Also Know History is a database of female historians, and Women Also Know Stuff is its political science counterpart.  People of Color Also Know Stuff highlights political Read More…